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Snorkels and double hose regs

Discussion in 'Vintage Diving & Equipment' started by RecklessAmateur, Mar 22, 2021.

Snorkel, snorkel, snorkel

  1. Rigid plastic snorkel

    0 vote(s)
  2. Flexible snorkel

  3. Snorkel handy but stuffed in pocket

  4. Leave snorkel at home

  5. What's a snorkel?

  1. RecklessAmateur

    RecklessAmateur Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Philadelphia, PA USA
    Hey double hose divers:

    I'm curious what choice you make in using a snorkel with a double hose.

    I'm of the generation that learned to dive on double hose regulators but forget what the drill was back then. Now that I've rejoined the club (restored and Phoenix'ed Royal Aquamaster and DA Aquamaster, thank you very much!) I'm trying to think through my snorkel options. Vote away and feel free to leave commentary.
    AfterDark likes this.
  2. James79

    James79 Reinventor of Wheels ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Lower Alabama
    I put leave it at home... however I use mine in benign environments so far. I can see situations where I would bring one stuffed in a pocket, though.


  3. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Maine
    As you can see on my avatar, I used to use a snorkel (we all did).

    A snorkel was standard equipment when using a “J” valve because the reserve was just enough air to get you to the surface. Then you had to swim on the surface to make it back.

    I always used a pressure gauge, but swimming on the surface to save air was always common practice.

    Now I rarely use a snorkel, but occasionally I take a semi rigid rubber one in a pocket. It depends on the dive.
  4. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    folding silicone circle in a pocket. Definitely not on my head
  5. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    I could pick more than 1 choice in the poll - rolled up XS Scuba model in a pocket....
    John C. Ratliff likes this.
  6. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
    I'll use a snorkle for beach dives where I have a bit of a surface swim, but not for boat dives. I have developed a high-tech patent-pending never-before-thought-of method of securing my snorkle to a D-ring while on the dive so it is not interferring with my double hose reg. :)

  7. David Wilson

    David Wilson Contributor

    Just for the record and to be as historically authentic with a snorkel as you may be with your double-hose regulator, one old PADI manual on my bookshelf classes mid-twentieth-century snorkels as follows: J-shaped; L-shaped; Flexible-hose; Contour. The four types are illustrated above with models from my snorkel collection. According to many diving manuals back then, scuba divers should always bring a snorkel along in case of emergency, e.g. a tank running on empty with a long swim back to land. The flexible-hose snorkel was said to be popular with double-hose divers because its mouthpiece hung straight down out of the way when not in use.
  8. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    I use a large bore flex snorkel, no purges, no water blocks just a 7/8" ID tube with a flex end for the mouthpiece that is fixed to my mask strap with a Velco strap. This configuration as served my well for many decades with both double hose and single hose regs. and is used on almost every dive to conserve gas.
    My diving is shore diving with surface swimming.
  9. Invader

    Invader Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cherokee County, GA
    Only on open ocean diving from a boat. Then, collapsible in a pocket. Otherwise, not even a second thought, I do not carry one.
  10. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Maine
    I may have to copy that... So go ahead and sue me... :D

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